Adam Carolla Among Those Pushing for Gavin Newsom Recall

TMZ caught up with Adam Carolla this week. Like a lot of people who live in big cities, Carolla is fed up with lockdowns. Being in the Los Angeles area, where OUTDOOR dining was recently closed down, Carolla railed on California governor Gavin Newsom.

"I don't know who Newsom thinks he is," Carolla said. "He's not a monarch. You can't shut down society. You have to offer some proof why it's dangerous."

Carolla called everyone following Newsom's edicts "sheep." When asked about the loaded hospitals in California and where Carolla would draw the line, he said he hasn't seen any data that outdoor dining is contributing to the spread.

Then he was asked about the ongoing petition to recall Governor Newsom:

"It'd be nice," Carolla said. "I think it is gaining some ground because he's an imbecile and he's incompetent and he's running this state into the ground."

It will definitely bear monitoring to see how much steam the petition to recall Governor Newsom gains. So far, 820,000 people have signed a petition for it to happen, according to Fox News. That number would need to swell to 1.5 million by mid-March for the movement to bring the recall decision to the ballot. A recall vote, at this point, seems like a pretty likely outcome.

The angst about the shutdowns Governor Newsom is imposing is compounded by the images of him violating his own guidelines in attending a birthday party, dining indoors without masks with over a dozen people, at a $1200-a-plate restaurant. His kids are enrolled at an in-person private school when many kids in the state are bound to home learning.

While there would still be a lot of hurdles to defeat Governor Newsom in blue California, remember that there's relatively recent precedent in the state. In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor after Gray Davis was recalled.

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Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.